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  • Court endorses Illinois electricity surcharge

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators can force electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen clean-coal project, a state appeals court said in a ruling Tuesday. The 2-1 decision handed down by the Illinois Appellate Court OKs a state plan to charge electricity customers...

  • Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release...

  • LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals. LinkedIn said Tuesday that it is paying 90 percent in cash and the rest in stock for San Francisco-based Bizo. The deal is expected to close...

  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday...

  • Judge approves 1st settlement in 38 Studios case

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday approved the first settlement in the lawsuit brought by the state's economic development agency over the collapsed video game company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. In a 35-page ruling, Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Michael...

  • Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a...

  • Protect yourself from identity theft

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal...

  • Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video subscriber losses moderated. The nation's largest cable provider topped Wall Street estimates and shares edged up in afternoon...

  • LG G3 review: Hail to the king, baby

    By Richard Hall, Web Editor | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    The LG G3 is now the Android smartphone to beat.

  • NC tax breaks OK'd for 250 IT jobs in Charlotte

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An information technology consulting company plans to create 250 jobs in Charlotte within five years as it hopes to serve the city's big banks. A state committee that approves North Carolina's main tax break to attract businesses on Tuesday allowed Spectra Growth Inc. to...

  • Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization said late Monday that it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal...

  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969....

  • Microsoft bumps up emphasis on design of its products

    BY RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    The Surface tablet is meant to compete with offerings from Apple, Google and Amazon, a Microsoft spokesman says.

  • Tech bytes business briefs for July 22, 2014

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    TouchTones option allows those in Tulsa terminal to control music with jukebox-like system.

  • Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

    By PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Verizon is the first wireless carrier to roll out a comprehensive rewards program, and it’s expecting big benefits from it. The Selects program, launched in 2012, uses subscriber surfing and location data to better target ads they see on the phone.

  • Verizon boosts speeds for its FiOS uploads to match downloads

    By PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Starting Monday, all new subscribers will get “symmetrical” connections. The cheapest plan will deliver 25 megabits per second up and down, an increase from 15 megabits down and 5 megabits up.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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  • Bio Matters: Ag-bio entrepreneur hopes to pay loan forward for East Central University professor

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Jim Stafford: Sean Akadiri is native of Nigeria and came to Oklahoma by way of England more than a dozen years ago to study biology and chemistry at East Central University in Ada.

  • Amazon launches Netflix-style service for eBooks

    By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

  • New York Is the First State to Propose Bitcoin Regulations

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    New regulations may make Bitcoin safer, reports. But some people think they will also ruin what made virtual currencies attractive. Bitcoin may have just taken a huge step toward entering the financial mainstream.

  • Fuel efficiency standards lead to high-tech improvements

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The number of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles that run on natural gas and diesel on the road have grown in recent years and are expected to continue to increase. But standard gasoline vehicles are still expected to represent almost 80 percent of new sales in 2025 and 78 percent in...

  • Business Q&A: Supreme Court's technology decision could affect cloud computing

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Crowe & Dunlevy‘s Drew Palmer discusses the impact of American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. v. Aereo case on consumers’ use of streaming technologies and cloud computing.

  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs

    By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Some cuts had been expected since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, but the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated.

  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws, on Wednesday endorsed a plan that would give loved ones access to — but not control of — the deceased’s digital accounts, unless specified otherwise in a will.

  • Google's Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Google's Street View cars have a checkered history; they carry some truly incredible technology, but have also landed the company in hot water, The Verge reports. But a few of Google's cars have taken on an additional task while logging miles across the US. Instead of sniffing for Wi-Fi networks,...